Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 8, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, August 8, 2020 



As the public is aware, service delivery methods were impacted due to COVID-19 in most 
sectors imaginable and solid waste was no different. In response to COVID-19, Athens Services 
implemented changes to how their customers waste was collected and sorted. Beginning 
in April, Athens was utilizing a single pass collection system where all customer bins 
were collected in a single truck. At the materials recovery facilities (MRFs) the sorting was 
transitioned away from hand sorting and was only done mechanically. These measures were 
implemented to maximize the safety of their staff and the public.

As of August 1, Athens has returned to the separate collection of all customer bins and the 
MRFs are back to nearly 85% of capacity in terms of hand sorting. Barring any changes to 
CDC recommendations or other regulatory orders in light of COVID-19, Athens will continue 
forward in resuming normal operations.

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to call the Public Works Department 
at (626) 932-5575.

For the period of Sunday, July 26th, through 
Saturday, August 1st, the Police Department 
responded to 790 calls for service, of which 82 
required formal investigations. The following 
is a summary report of some of the major incidents 
handled by the Department during this 

Sunday, July 26:

1. At 12:25 p.m., officer responded to a
residence in the 700 block of Southview Road 
regarding the theft of a bicycle. An investigation 
revealed an unknown suspect stole the bike by 
cutting the lock and removing it from the victim’s 

2. At 5:56 p.m., officers responded to T-
Mobile, 1230 South Golden West Avenue, regarding 
a theft report. An investigation revealed 
an unknown suspect entered the store, stole a 
black Apple iWatch and fled the scene in an unknown 
direction. The investigation is ongoing. 

Monday, July 27:

3. At 2:12 p.m., officers responded to
7-Eleven, 102 East Huntington Drive, regarding 
a robbery that had just occurred. A male suspect 
stole a can of beer and brandished a knife 
when confronted by a store employee. He fled 
the scene and was located by officers. The suspect 
brandished the knife at officers before complying 
and throwing it to the ground. The can 
of beer was recovered and the 48-year-old male 
from Los Angeles was arrested and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

4. At 9:20 p.m., an officer responded to a
residence in the 600 block of Duarte Road regarding 
the report of a missing person. The 
missing person, an elderly female, left to get 
food and didn’t return. She was located by officers 
of the Los Angeles Police Department and 
returned safely to her home. 

Tuesday July 28:

5. At 3:20 a.m., officers responded to Savers 
Thrift Store, 16 East Live Oak Avenue, regarding 
a burglary. An investigation revealed an 
unknown male suspect smashed the glass door 
to the front of the business. He entered the business 
and pried a locked and empty cash register. 
The suspect fled the scene. The investigation is 

6. At 9:07 a.m., an officer responded to a
residence in the 00 block of Alice Street regarding 
a vehicle burglary. The victim last saw his 
car intact around 6:00 p.m. the previous night. 
An unknown suspect smashed the rear window 
of the vehicle, stole the victim’s checkbook and 
debit card, and fled the scene in an unknown 

Wednesday, July 29:

7. At 11:40 p.m., officers responded to
Residence Inn, 321 East Huntington Drive, regarding 
a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, officers 
heard a verbal altercation between a male 
and female. Officers contacted the couple inside 
their room and discovered the fight had turned 
physical when the male threw his girlfriend to 
the ground leaving her with visible injuries. The 
27-year-old male from Bakersfield was arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

8. At 5:06 p.m., an officer responded to a
residence in the 1700 block of Vista Circle regarding 
suspicious circumstances. The resident 
received unknown seeds in the mail from an 
unknown person in China. The seeds were reported 
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 
who took custody of the seeds. 

Thursday, July 30:

9. At 2:17 a.m., officers received a hit notification 
of a stolen vehicle in the area Santa 
Anita Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Officers 
located the vehicle occupied by three suspects. 
An investigation revealed the suspects were in 
possession of multiple pieces of stolen mail, 
burglary tools, and a meth pipe. Two of the suspects 
had outstanding warrants for their arrests. 
The 21-year-old female, 23-year-old male, and 
30-year-old male, from El Monte, were arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

10. At 3:36 a.m., an officer responded to a
call of a suspicious occupied vehicle parked in a 
business parking lot on the 11,000 block of Clark 
Street. The officer contacted the male driver and 
female passenger inside the vehicle. An investigation 
revealed the driver had an outstanding 
warrant for his arrest. Further investigation revealed 
he was a convicted felon in possession of 
methamphetamine, two meth pipes, and a stun 
gun. The 32-year-old male from Huntington 
Beach was arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking.

Friday, July 31: 

11. At 11:01 a.m., officers responded to a
business in the 1000 block of South Baldwin Avenue 
regarding a domestic dispute. An elderly 
male pushed his elderly wife to the ground during 
an argument. He then brandished a knife 
and threatened to kill his daughter. The 73-year-
old male from San Gabriel was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

12. At 10:50 p.m., an officer was patrolling
the area of Holly Avenue and Campus Drive 
when he observed a driver operating his vehicle 
with the headlights turned off. The vehicle had 
major damage to the front end and the passenger 
airbag had been deployed. The driver side tire 
was also missing. The officer conducted a traffic 
stop on the vehicle and detected a strong odor of 
alcohol emitting from the driver. Through a series 
of tests, the officer determined the 22-year-
old male from LA Habra was driving under the 
influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail 
for booking.

2020CENSUS.GOVConnect with us 
@uscensusbureauFor more information:
D-FS-GP-EN-023 May 4, 20202020 Census Operational 
Adjustments Due to COVID-19The 2020 Census is underway, and more than 
half of the households across America have 
responded and more are responding every day. 
Online, phone, and mailed self-responses will 
continue throughout the data collection pro-
cess. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. 
Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census opera-
tions in order to:
•Protect the health and safety of the Americanpublic and Census Bureau employees.
•Implement guidance from federal, state, andlocal authorities regarding COVID-19.
•Ensure a complete and accurate count of allcommunities.
The Office of Management and Budget and the 
Office of Personnel Management have provided 
federal agencies with guidelines for resum-
ing operations on an epidemiologically sound, 
data-driven basis, adhering to the latest federal, 
state, and local guidance. The Census Bureau 
continues to monitor the changing conditions at 
the state and local level, and in consultation with 
the appropriate officials, update its planned start 
dates for selected operations in selected states. 
The information the Census Bureau receives 
daily from FEMA and state and local authorities 
guides Census Bureau decisions on timing. As a 
result, selected field operations will resume on a 
phased schedule on a geographic basis.
Under the adjusted 2020 Census operational 
plan, the Census Bureau is conducting a series 
of preparatory activities so we are fully ready to 
resume field activities as we continue to advance 
the mission of the 2020 Census to ensure a 
complete and accurate count. In-person activ-
ities, including enumeration, office work, and 
processing activities, will always incorporate the 
most current guidance from authorities to ensure 
the health and safety of the public and Census 
Bureau employees.
Activity/OperationOriginal ScheduleNew ScheduleSelf-Response Phase (online, phone, mail)March 12–July 31March 12–October 31Group Quarters (e-Response and Paper 
April 2–June 5April 2–September 3Update Leave—StatesideMarch 15–April 17Selected Area Census 
Offices starting May 4Update Leave—Puerto RicoMarch 15–April 17Needs further review and 
coordination with outside 
partners and stakeholders. 
Update EnumerateMarch 16–April 30June 14–July 29In-Person Group Quarters EnumerationApril 2–June 5July 1–September 3Mobile Questionnaire AssistanceMarch 30–July 31Needs further review and 
coordination with outside 
partners and stakeholders. 

Free Virtual Energy 
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Plastic Bag Ban Still in 
Effect in South Pasadena

‘George Floyd’ Law Passes 
First Policy Committee

 Friendly reminder to all 
–the plastic bag ban is still
in effect! As a cautionary 
measure to protect front-
line workers, Governor 
Newsom signed an 
executive order in April 
2020 to put a 60-day pause 
on California’s single-use 
plastic bag ban. Although 
the suspension did not 
apply to municipalities with 
their own local bag ban like South Pasadena, many South 
Pasadena stores followed state procedures and halted the 
use of reusable bags and started using single-use plastic 
bags instead. This suspension has since expired and the 
plastic bag ban is in full force. Here’s what you can do to 
protect yourself from the virus and protect the planet from 
the avalanche of plastic being used:

 Ask for paper bags instead of plastic. Covid-19 has been 
found to last longer on plastic than paper.

 Bring your own reusable bag, but be prepared to bag your 
own groceries. Make sure to be courteous of the people 
around you and bag your groceries quickly, outside of the 
line, or leave your groceries in your cart and bag them by 
your car.

 By working together, we can ensure that essential front-
line workers are safe and that we are continuing to live as 
sustainably as possible. We are all in this together.

Chris Holden’s (right)

legislation, AB 
1022, passed in the 
Senate Public Safety 
Committee today 
with a 5-1 vote. The 
bill establishes clear 
guidelines for police 
responsibility and 
accountability when 
witnessing excessive 
force by another 
member of law 

 “Americans across 
the nation demand more 
accountability in our 
criminal justice system,” 
said California Attorney 
General Xavier Becerra. 
“It’s going to take sustained, 
thoughtful reform like 
Assembly Bill 1022 to help 
answer the call. At the 
California Department of 
Justice, we’re committed 
to partnering with our 
legislators and stakeholders 
across the state to help get 
the job done. I commend 
Assemblymember Holden 
and his colleagues for getting 
this bill through the Senate 
Public Safety Committee. It’s 
time for important policies 
like a peace officer’s duty to 
intervene to be more than 
just recommendations. 
We’re ready for them to be 
the law of the land.”

 California law requires 
police officers to intercede 
when present and observing 
another officer using force 
that is beyond that which is 
necessary, but there are no 
universal measures used to 
determine that an officer has 
in fact interceded. In the case 
of George Floyd, a lawyer for 
one of the accused junior 
officers argued that there 
was intervention because 
the junior officer asked the 
supervising officer if they 
should turn Floyd on his 

 “We were outraged when 
we watched the killing 
of George Floyd by a 
Minneapolis police officer 
from a knee to the neck,” 
said Assemblymember Chris 
Holden. “Equally disturbing, 
was the lack of intervention 
from the police officers who 
witnessed a clear use of 
excessive force.”

 AB 1022 provides a selection 
of techniques to establish 
that an officer has in fact 
attempted to intercede. The 
bill also expands on current 
law to disqualify a person 
from being a police officer 
if they used excessive force 
that resulted in great bodily 
injury or death or to have 
failed to intercede in that 

 If the bill becomes law, 
police officers would be 
required to intercede when 
witnessing excessive force 
under the updated guidelines 
and report the incident 
in real time to dispatch 
or the watch commander. 
Failure to intercede by 
a police officer would 
make them an accessory 
to any crime committed 
by an offending officer. 
Retaliation against officers 
that report violations of law 
or regulation of another 
officer to a supervisor would 
be prohibited.

 “From Rodney King in 
1991 to Stephon Clark in 
2018, California has a bad 
a history with excessive use 
of force by police officers,” 
continued Holden. “With 
protection from the law, this 
legislation compels police 
officers to do the right thing.”

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Symphony Performance 
Series to Launch this Fall

 The Pasadena Symphony announces the launch of a phased return 
to concerts with Pasadena Presents, a series of four performances 
running October 17 – November 14, 2020. In order to adapt to 
guidelines set forth by local and state authorities, Pasadena 
Presents will serve as a new, intimate concert experience that will 
feature guest artists and musicians from the orchestra in a socially 
distanced concert setting. Curated and hosted by Music Director 
David Lockington, each concert will feature a renowned soloist 
performing a concerto in recital, followed by an ensemble of 
Pasadena Symphony musicians performing chamber music works.

 The orchestra’s full 20/21 Symphony Classics Series repertoire 
will be rescheduled to the 21/22 season; however the organization 
plans to deliver a new 20/21 season under the umbrella of Pasadena 
Presents. The upcoming fall schedule of four performances 
transforms the postponed concerts from March and April, and the 
first two concerts of the 20/21 Classics season to the new Pasadena 
Presents format. The Pasadena Symphony plans to announce future 
2021 concerts later this fall.

 Each Pasadena Presents concert is artistically inspired by the 
previously scheduled symphonic concerts one for one, and will 
deliver the high quality musical experiences patrons have come to 
expect from the Pasadena Symphony. The series opens on October 
17 with Avery Fisher Grant recipient Simone Porter performing 
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, paired with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir 
de Florence. On October 24, the Beethoven Violin Concerto will be 
performed by Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition 
winner Angelo Xiang Yu, paired with Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet. 
Award-winning pianist Terrence Wilson continues the series on 
November 7 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Dvorák’s 
“American” String Quartet. The Fall Series concludes with “one of 
the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times), 
Inon Barnatan performing his own transcription of Rachmaninoff 
Symphonic Dances for solo piano & Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1.

 The Pasadena Symphony is working in partnership with the 
City of Pasadena and local health authorities in the event that 
state guidelines are announced that would allow for small outdoor 
concert events to take place in the fall. “We have two scenario 
plans in place - the first brings Pasadena Presents live in-person 
and outdoors at the Pasadena Pavilion for the Performing Arts 
(formerly known as the Levitt Pavilion), and the second brings 
Pasadena Presents exclusively online for its ticket buyers and 
donors,” said Lora Unger, CEO adding “Our season is set to start 
on October 17. We don’t want to over promise and under deliver, 
and yet we also want to make the right decisions at the right time. 
We will continue to monitor public health guidelines as they evolve 
over the next two months so we can act based on what guidelines 
will be in place in October. We’re focused on ensuring we can 
deliver exciting concerts to our audience and bringing musicians 
back to work safely. Both scenarios achieve those goals. The show 
must go on, and if need be the show will go online.”

 The organization is proceeding with great care so it can be prepared 
to create a safe and joyful concert-going experience, with protocols 
in place including socially distanced seating pods, mandatory mask 
wearing, increased sanitation practices and reworked ingress and 
egress plans. David Lockington’s pre-concert discussion, Insights, 
made possible with generous support from Alan Fisher, MD, will 
be sent via email to ticketholders prior to each concert. The outdoor 
pavilion has been redesigned to seat up to 350 patrons in socially 
distanced pods, with plans to have multiple performances to 
accommodate the reseating of all ticket buyers who wish to attend. 
In the event that outdoor concerts remain prohibited into the fall, 
the performances will be recorded at Ambassador Auditorium and 
presented exclusively online.

 Current ticketholders and subscribers will be invited to transfer 
their current tickets directly to the Pasadena Presents series. Single 
tickets will be made available as inventory allows. The orchestra will 
also offer a membership to view the series online. For information, 
ticketing options and updates on Pasadena Presents, please visit or call (626) 793-7172.

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